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This fossilized dinosaur is so well preserved you can see its skin texture

He is a Borealopelta, and he is beautiful.


Nahila Bonfiglio

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Posted on Aug 3, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 9:44 pm CDT

Scientists and dinosaur fans would love to know what dinosaurs looked like in real life, but so far they’ve had little more than fossilized bones and their imaginations to go on. But a recent discovery is giving us an incredible new perspective on these prehistoric beasts.

The Royal Tyrrell Museum in Canada has revealed some stunning images of its newest addition, an ancient creature called Borealopelta. This 110-million-year-old animal is so well preserved that scientists believe they can tell what colors it was when it walked the Earth.

Shawn Funk, the worker who discovered this rare find, was operating heavy digging equipment at the Millennium Mine near Fort McMurray, Alberta, in March of 2011 when he stumbled across the fossilized remains. He alerted the Royal Tyrrell Museum immediately, and the unearthing of this ancient creature began.

In the five years since the discovery, a single technician has been responsible for the slow process of freeing the dinosaur from the surrounding stone. The Borealopelta markmitchelli now carries the name of that technician, Mark Mitchell.

This gorgeously preserved creature is officially on display to the public, and for dinosaur fans, the trip to Canada might be worth it if only to see those tiny scales just below its eyes in person.

There’s more information about the find in The Atlantic, which delves into the details of the dinosaur’s liberation from the earth, its likely history, and some fascinating dino facts. National Geographic also posted a beautiful virtual tour of the exhibit, just in case a trip to Canada is too far.

H/T The Atlantic

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*First Published: Aug 3, 2017, 3:55 pm CDT